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Arts & Crafts contest runs through May 15  [ back to top ]

      The Army Arts and Crafts contest is under way and will run through May 15.

      Entries are being accepted in 11 categories, which are ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media 2-D and 3-D, oil-based painting, print, water-based painting and wood.

      In the Fort McCoy community, the entries can be brought to building 2000, the Community Activity Center. For more information, call (608) 388-4353.

AFTB instructor training planned for May 20-21   [ back to top ]

    One way people who want to make an impact in an Army community can do so is by becoming an Army Family Team Building (AFTB) instructor.

      Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) will conduct an AFTB Instructor Training Course (ITC) Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21. The training will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

      Personnel who desire to enrich the lives of others, have the right attitude, and want the ability to present quality training, are welcome to become an AFTB instructor.

      The ITC covers all areas of skills and a variety of techniques needed to present quality materials, so that anyone can build a solid foundation to become a quality AFTB instructor.

       Registration is requested no later than Friday, May 16. Call (608) 388-3505 to register. To learn more about the AFTB program, stop at ACS 2111 South 8th Ave. or call (608) 388-6507.


Safety Day event set for May 22 at Fort McCoy  [ back to top ]

      A Safety Day event will be held from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Fort McCoy Auto Craft Shop, building 1763.

      The event will be presented by the Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) and the Installation Safety Office and is free to members of the Fort McCoy community.

      Among the activities planned will be personal vehicle inspections, child car safety-seat inspections, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Roll-Over Simulator and a Patriot Warrior Riders (motorcycle) Informational Booth.

      Eligible personnel getting the child car safety-seat inspection can earn 200 Family Focus Franks. The event is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts and DFMWR. No federal endorsement is implied.

      For more information, call (608) 388-3213/3403.


Rear Detachment Commander Training May 28-29 at ACS    [ back to top ]

      Fort McCoy Rear Detachment Commander Training will be held Wednesday, May 28-Thursday, May 29 at Army Community Service (ACS), 2111 South 8th Avenue.

      The training will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The training is open to anyone interested in Family Readiness.  Topics include Operational Security, TRI-CARE, Legal, Finance, Working with Families, Trauma in the Unit, Battle Mind Training for Families, Army Community Service, Building a Resource Library, Casualty Notification, and the Rear Detachment Commander handbook overview.

      For more information or to register, contact ACS at (608) 388-3540.


Volunteers sought to help with Soldier Show setup  [ back to top ]

      Volunteers are needed to support the U.S. Army Soldier Show performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15 at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

      Personnel can support tear-down, police calls, loading equipment into warehouse and loading trucks for transport.

      The following times are available: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 14 and 3:30-8:30 p.m. June 15.

      Interested personnel can call Pam Budda at (608) 388-6461.


McCoy Soldier to sing at Soldier Show June 15    [ back to top ]

      An active-duty or reserve-component Soldier at Fort McCoy will be chosen to perform a solo during the U.S. Army Soldier Show Sunday, June 15.

      Competition will be held at McCoy's, building 1571, Thursday, June 5 to choose the Soldier. The winning Soldier will sing the second verse of the song "Go the Distance," popularized by Michael Bolton, during the Soldier Show.

      Personnel must be available June 15 for a Soldier Show briefing and rehearsal, as well as the 2 p.m. performance. Uniform dress for the performance will be Class A.

      For more information and to register for the competition, call Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing at (608) 388-7888.


Army Concert Tour to stop at McCoy Aug. 9   [ back to top ]

      The Army Concert Tour has announced   the Scorpions will headline a Saturday, Aug. 9 performance at Fort McCoy.

      Other acts still are being sought. Ticket pricing and more information will follow as soon as it's determined.

      Up-to-date information about the concert, including prices, additional groups, ticket kickoffs, etc., will be posted to the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com or by calling the MWR Events Line at (877) 864-4969.

      The Scorpions, a German hard rock band, are best known for their 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and the 1990 ballad "Wind of Change."

      For more information about the Scorpions, visit the Scorpions Web site at http://www.thescorpions.com.


USA Express seeks Soldier performers   [ back to top ]

      ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Family, Morale, Welfare, Recreation Command Public Affairs Office) -- Soldier-musicians, vocalists, technicians and drivers are needed to put USA Express back on tour.

      Army Entertainment Division (AED) Music Director Cordell Hall is eager to assemble an All-Army show band that will entertain fellow troops. Soldiers who play keyboard, guitar or drums are needed -- along with vocalists and an audio technician -- to put the show on the road. Other instrumentalists may apply. Vocalists must be strong audience communicators who are comfortable with a variety of musical styles and dance. Audio techs must be able to operate a public address system and a digital audio sound mixing board, and have an understanding of audio equalization.

      To audition for USA Express, men and women in the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant or below must mail a demo tape or CD and current copy of their Enlisted Record Brief, Physical Training Test and military license by May 20 to U.S. AED, Attention: USA Express, P.O. Box 439, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060.

      Once notified, a letter from the unit commander releasing the Soldier for temporary duty with AED will be required. For more details, contact Hall via e-mail at Cordell.Hall@us.army.mil or phone (703) 806-3220 or fax (703) 806-5251.


SAT/ACT software available to military  [ back to top ]

      Military personnel and their family members are eligible to get free software to help prepare for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). The offer is possible through a donation by the Victory Sports Group sponsorship, which represents the National Football League Players donation.

      The SAT/ACT Standard Power Prep programs now are available as a DVD ROM set, which normally costs $199. The offer will run through July 1, and eligible personnel can use the program for an entire year.

      The offer can be accessed through the Military Homefront Web page at http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/MHF/MHF_DETAIL_0?current_id=

      Interested personnel are advised that anyone accessing the offer through the Homefront Web page will be directed to an external Web site. Anyone who needs assistance with the procedures can call (951) 256-4076 (a toll call) or e-mail support@eknowledge.com.


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